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Definitions & Insights

Definitions & Insights – Genuine Faith

by Katy Kauffman

I thank God … when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you. (2 Timothy 1:3,5 NKJV, emphasis mine)

Genuine faith seeks to be “all in.” It continues on course with an “unswerving adherence”1 to God and His Word. It doesn’t relinquish a conviction of the truth, and it resists the temptation to abandon God’s plan and His principles for an easier path.2

Such faith comes from building a solid relationship with God, studying His Word and seeing Him at work in our lives. We learn to trust God when we understand who He is and what He does, and realize that He can be those things to us. The more we know of God, the more confidence we have in His character, love, and power.

Genuine faith is fueled by the truth we take to heart and by our personal experience with God. We hold onto Him because He holds onto us, reaffirming His involvement in our lives.

God infuses us with His grace, stirs us with His love, and strengthens us with His peace. Give your “unswerving adherence” to God and His plan for your life. Be all in, trust Him, have confidence in His character, love, and power. Stay in step with God’s plan even if you can’t see where the path leads.

1. Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1965), 300.
2.  Ibid.
*This post is an adapted excerpt from Katy Kauffman, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory (Buford, Georgia: Lighthouse Bible Studies), 21-22.

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